The focus of this workshop is to help children who are struggling to become academically successful. The benefits of education are boundless. Those who succeed academically typically live longer and have fewer obstacles in life. We strongly believe that removing children from the vicious cycle of poverty will make the biggest impact on the number of future children and animals who are abused.
These workshops teach about fostering kindness, respect, and empathy for both humans and animals; Humane Education Workshops are great for birthday parties and day cares that are looking for fun activities. Custom lessons can be created to accommodate different interests.
This program provides pet and human companionship to anyone experiencing loneliness. Volunteers can also do yard service through the Revitalize Humboldt program if scheduled beforehand.
Previously known as Revitalize Humboldt, this program provides relief to the poor, disabled, and elderly through low-cost community service projects at below market rates with an additional sliding fee available.
The goals are to combat community deterioration, prevent criminal activity, encourage community engagement, and reduce stressors that can be associated with child neglect and pet relinquishment. We also help ensure that senior citizens and persons with disabilities live in dwellings free of safety hazards while stimulating our economy by providing financial assistance in the form of sliding fees and financing for valuable services. We offer these forms of financial assistance, which are not available through normal commercial sources, in order to allow our community to use their income on economic growth and other things that matter in life, such as their children and pets. As we grow, we will provide livable wage positions to further stimulate our economy and help lower our local unemployment rate.
The Following set of programs are currently under development and will be implemented in our community once we have a facility built and obtain enough funding. Our Current Goal for full implementation is 2023. Please feel free to click on each set of programs and provide feedback and ideas.
Participants will spend a time providing animals with basic obedience training and socialization. These programs focus on youth that are “at-risk” of continuing cycles of poverty, abuse, and/or neglect. They are also beneficial for teen parents, populations considered behaviorally challenged, and adults or children with developmental disabilities.
Through the help of animal-assisted activities, participants will strengthen their problem-solving skills, communication skills, focus, in addition to learning ways to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. Learning how to reward instead of punishing and following through on projects are just a few of the many benefits. Functional literacy (reading, math, comprehension) and family outreach components are also included.
The animals in these programs that display service animal quality behavior may participate in a special training program before being adopted by the family who has been approved for a support animal. The animals may be trained to provide emotional support to children and adults with down syndrome, autism, or a number of disabilities and illness’. Dogs will spend approximately one year training in this special program.
We will provide the opportunity for youth ages 12 – 18 and adults with developmental disabilities to participate in a job development program designed to build and strengthen vocational skills in the following trades: Carpentry, Auto Mechanics, and Lawn Care. Starting with the most basic skills, participants can choose between several 4 week workshops or join a 6 month long program. After a minimum of six months, employment opportunities and Apprenticeship positions may be available to qualified applicants.
Besides learning a specific trade, participants will also learn communication skills, active listening skills, how to be assertive versus rude, financial management, professionalism, job interview skills, coping with stress and anxiety. Techniques that will be used include: Animal Assisted Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis
During these scheduled workshop cycles, we offer low-cost services to the public on a sliding fee scale that focus on providing relief to low-income households.
Youth will research different household stressors that often lead to pet abandonment, and child/animal abuse. An example would be a needed home repair the family cannot afford. There will likely be financial cuts (animals going to the shelter, not enough money for activities with children, working over time takes away from family time) and anxiety (may lead to physical, emotional, verbal abuse/neglect). The youth will then write and produce two short commercials (30 Secs & 4 mins) depicting their chosen theme.
Strengthening family bonds and building social support networks is an important aspect of our mission. These workshops focus on the whole family while introducing multicultural activities to our community. Example Workshop: Christmas Gift Making and Feast.